HP: New Mobile Workstation, 4K Dreamcolor, Faster ZTurbo
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HP has announced the latest updates in its powerful and popular workstation family of products, including a new OMEN Mobile Workstation, 4K Dreamcolor display, and a refreshed ZTurbo drive twice as fast as the previous version.

Jeff Wood, Vice President, World-Wide Product Management, Workstation and Thin Client Business for HP, specifically addressed the issues media creators face in today's production climate. "The challenge for many of our customers has been working with a lot of the big data solutions -- creative designs of automobiles or huge data sets as they bring 4K video streams into timelines to Premiere or Media Composer. What we hear consistently from these customers is the challenge with bottlenecks. We wanted to solve that problem, increasing speeds for I/O technology."

The latest addition to the mobile workstation family is HP's new OMEN Pro, a full performance mobile workstation alongside the ZBook 15 and 17. The thinnest quad core commercial mobile workstation, The Omen is modified from a gaming machine solution to be a more professional laptop for customers who need higher performance for 3D graphics and video, with Intel Quad Core technology and NVIDIA Quadro K1100M graphics.

Measuring 19.9mm in the rear and 15.5mm to the front and weighing 4.68 pounds, the mobile workstation includes 4 USB 3.0 ports, 1 Mini DisplayPort 1.2 port, and an HDMI port. It supports 8GB or 16GB of memory and comes with a ZTurbo drive. The easy maintenance found on other Z workstations is also a part of the design of the Omen, with some modifications.

Fresh off a Scientific and Engineering award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the Dreamcolor display, HP is pushing out new and updated monitors for all kinds of uses. Media and entertainment drives a lot of the updates in display technology, so the new solutions meet a lot of the needs of content creators of all kinds.

The Dreamcolor Z32x is a 31.5 inch 16:9 UHD (3840x2160) display, 10 bit factory calibrated wide color gamut and 8 million pixels. It includes integrated calibration with support for professional instruments and supports up to 4 simultanous feeds with picture by picture. The display has integrated ports for connectivity including HDMI 2, mDP, DVI and USB 3.0. This display will be available in the summer, with pricing announced later.

HP also announced updates to HP Narrow Bezel Displays for an "edge to edge" experience, with multiple monitors next to each other seamlessly. It has a three sided borderless design that reveals more of the screen and enables uninterrupted views of multiple displays. The displays have easier color management and cable management than similar products -- you can daisy chain multiple displays with one workstation connection and manage color right out of the box. HP is introducing a variety of screen sizes and shapes for different uses, including a brand new Z25n 25 inch QuadHD 2560x1440 display.

First introduced last year, HP's ZTurbo Drive is now up to four times faster than a conventional solid state hard drive because it plugs into the PCI-Express slot. The latest G2 drives use a PCIe Gen3 connected bus and utilizes NVMe technology, which allows for a three time gain in random read speed over the previous version.

The drives can be used in parallel for additional performance in a RAID 0 or 5 configuration. At launch, the new ZTurbo G2 drive will support the Z440, 640 and 840 workstations, using Windows 7 or 8.1 or certain Linux installs. It's expected to be available in June.

HP will be at the NAB Show all week demonstrating products in partner booths.